Partners Council seeking Team BC coaches for Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Partners Council seeking Team BC coaches for

Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games

 Preliminary sport and age category information for youth athlete participants also now available.

 Victoria, BC – The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is seeking committed and enthusiastic sport leaders for volunteer coach positions to serve on Team BC in various sports for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) to be held in Toronto in July, 2017.

The Partners Council is the recognized Aboriginal Sport body that oversees the operations of Team BC for the NAIG.  Team BC is led and managed by the Team BC Chef de Mission and Mission Staff, whose main responsibility will be to oversee all aspects of team operations and logistics.  BC’s contingent will include approximately 500 athletes and coaches participating in 13 sports.

Working together with the Partners Council and the respective Provincial Aboriginal Sport Committee, volunteer coaching staff play a lead role in the selection, training, supervision, and guidance of athletes attending the Games.  To apply for one of these volunteer roles, please visit the online application form at:  https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/2017-naig-team-bc-coach-application/.  This intake of applications closes 5PM PST, Monday, December 7th.

For more information on Team BC NAIG and upcoming 2016/17 BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Sport Development Camps (i.e. Team BC athlete talent ID and selection events):

  • Visit our Facebook pages and become a fan

–       Partners Council Facebook Page:  facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

–       Team BC NAIG Facebook Page:  facebook.com/TeamBCNAIG

About the NAIG – Age Categories & Sports

The NAIG is an international multi-sport event, involving North American Indigenous athletes from 13 provinces and territories Canada and 13 regions in the United States staged intermittently since 1990. The Games bring together approximately 5,000 athletes and coaches and cultural performers.  The following chart contains the general information on the sports and expected age categories for the 2017 NAIG.  The sports and age categories are based on 2014 NAIG and have not yet been approved by the NAIG Council.  These should be considered for informational and pre-planning purposes only.

2017 NAIG Preliminary Sports/Age Categories (not yet official)

SPORT AGE CATEGORY YEARS OF BIRTH
Archery U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Athletics U14, U16, U19 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Badminton U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Baseball* U17 2000 & later
Basketball U14, U16, U19 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Canoe/Kayak U14, U16, U19 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Lacrosse (Box) U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Golf U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Rifle Shooting U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Soccer U16, U18 2001 & later, 1999 & later
Softball U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Swimming U14, U16, U19 2003 & later, 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Volleyball U16, U19 2001 & later, 1998 & later
Wrestling 16-18, 15 can upgrade 1999 – 2001, 2002 (as upgrade)

*Team BC has historically not participated in baseball

 About Team BC

The Partners Council is responsible for managing the Team BC Program for the NAIG. Through the support and oversight of a Team BC Work Group and Provincial Sport Committees, the Partners Council established a coordinated Team BC program that includes the development of a comprehensive process to select the 500 Aboriginal athletes, coaches, managers, chaperones and mission staff to represent British Columbia at the NAIG.  The Partners Council series of 2016/17 BC Aboriginal Championships & Camps will serve as the primary talent identification and athlete selection events.

About the Partners Council

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is a consortium of the First Nations Health Authority, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Métis Nation BC. The Partners Council has established six regions across BC inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island. This structure brings together sport, recreation, physical activity and health leaders from within each Region to establish committees, set priorities and create annual plans for advancing sport, recreation and physical activity in their communities.

Contact:

Lara Mussell Savage – Manager, Sport Development & Competitions

Alissa Derrick – Program Coordinator

Ph: 1.800.990.2432 or 250.388.5522

E:  teambc@bcaafc.com or aderrick@bcaafc.com

W:  www.aboriginalsportbc.ca

FB:  facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

F:  1-800-990-2432

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Office Location:

Phone:  250.388.5522 ext. 233 | 1.800.990.2432 (toll-free)

Fax:  1.877.711.5594 (toll-free)

Website:  www.aboriginalsportbc.ca

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

 

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